Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $140 ($120 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

British Rock Acoustic

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Garageband Basics for Guitarists

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

It's there on your computer just like you. Learn how to use Garageband to enhance your musicality.

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore, Catherine Norden, Jim DeWan, Steve Dawson, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Dan Fulkerson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday or Wednesday with Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Wednesday with Elaine Moore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerpicking Skills

Intermediate

Thursday with Alvin McGovern

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

Monday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 2 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Let's get melodic

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis with level 1.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Develop a catalog of strums and styles necessary to play flamenco.

T-Bone Blues

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Crashing CAGED Guitar in 4 Weeks

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Creative Scale Practice 1

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Learn to practice scales in a creative way while having fun!

Creative Scale Practice 2: The Modes

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($60 members)

We'll examine Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian scales in new creative ways.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

Beginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Four Week Fab Four Fingerstyle

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Join us online and learn some unique arrangement of Beatle faves.

Guitar Zero to Guitar Hero

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $160 ($150 members)

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Jazz Guitar 1.5

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Making Friends with Barre Chords ONLINE

WorkshopIntermediate

Sunday with Charles Kim

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Your fingers and favorite songs will thank you!

Master a Classic:

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($79 members)

Mississippi John Hurt: It's All In The Thumb and then some

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Approach fingerpicking online with music from a true master of the form.

Picking and Strumming Level 1

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Punk Rock Crash Course (60 years in 7 weeks)

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Return To Guitar

Open to AllNew!

Saturday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Rumor has it there's a guitar in the back of your closet. Let's get it out and make some music.

Solo Guitar Concepts with Jonathan Kreisberg

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Jonathan Kreisberg

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

The school is honored to have this consummate artist offer a workshop to our community. Don't miss it.

Stevie Wonder Songbag

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

The 4 Week Barre Chord Clinic

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Songwriting with Open Tunings

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Andrea Bunch

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Tune your guitar to a chord and take off from there

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/29/2020 – 08/16/2020

Tuesday 05/26/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 06/09/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/10/20: Open registration


Teachers

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